Syd March is an employee at a clinic that sells injections of live viruses harvested from sick celebrities to obsessed fans. Biological communion – for a price. Syd also supplies illegal samples of these viruses to piracy groups, smuggling them from the clinic in his own body. When he becomes infected with the disease that kills super sensation Hannah Geist, Syd becomes a target for collectors and rabid fans. He must unravel the mystery surrounding her death before he suffers the same fate. –Cannes Film Festival
Brandon Cronenberg (born circa 1980) is a Canadian writer film director. He is the son of acclaimed director David Cronenberg.
He initially considered himself to be a “book nerd” growing up, who was interested in becoming a writer, painter or musician. He came to realize that film contained all those elements and attended film school.
His first feature film Antiviral debuted at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section. Cronenberg re-edited the movie after the festival to make it tighter, trimming nearly six minutes out of the film. The revised film was first shown at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. —Wikipedia
Celebrity obsession, Vampirism, and corrupt federal drug association mix brilliantly well in this debut film! Papa Cronenberg better watch out for Baby Cronenberg because this flick shows more promise than the senior's earlier efforts. I think what I loved so much about the movie was the lengths someone would go to fulfill their media obsession. That definitely says more about our generation than Cosmopolis did.
Well made, interesting and unfortunately a bit boring. Cronenberg should have trimmed the film down to 80-90 minutes, then the narrative could have gotten some sorely needed momentum. The story, production work and acting are all great so it is a shame that the movie is let down by a director so in love with his own work that he forgets the importance of editing himself and his ideas. Still a good debut movie!
New films from past Palme d’Or winners Cristian Mungiu and Michael Haneke are among the latest to screen at Cannes.